Get to know Eric M.
-Are you from Seattle? If not, where are you originally from?
I grew up in southwestern Virginia, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and moved around a lot during my 20s.
-Mind if we ask what you do outside of the gym (aka what do you do for work)?
I’m a writer. My personal essays have appeared, among other places, in TheAtlantic.com (http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/06/a-guest-post-for-fathers-day-by-eric-mcmillan/258005/). My first published fiction, a short story, comes out this month in Gulf Coast (copies of which might be available at Elliott Bay, if we’re lucky!)
-When did you start CrossFit? How long have you been working out with us?
I started working out at FCF about 6 months after my son was born, and I’ve been here since June 2012.
-What keeps you coming to our gym?
I like “mixing it up.” I found myself in a bit of a rut going to the gym thinking “today is back and biceps” or whatever. Plus, I missed the challenge and camaraderie I’d experienced working out as part of a team, that simultaneous feeling of being pushed and supported. I was glad to find that here.
-What class time do you usually go to?
I make it in whenever my schedule allows, which shifts constantly around my toddler’s. So I’m usually in either at 4:30 PM or 11 AM. Saturdays are clutch.
-Do you have a favorite CrossFit exercise? Least favorite?
I love pull-ups. I love push-ups. Basically, any workout with some combination of those things (maybe with some running, too) I genuinely enjoy. I really, really hate wall-balls.
-How any double unders do ya got?
In over two years of continuous practice, I feel that I can string together several half-decent double under attempts.
Anything involving smoked pig. I grew up on Carolina style BBQ.
-Favorite trainer? Just kidding.
I resent being obviously baited for an answer, but I genuinely respect the expertise, motivation, and professionalism of the trainers at FCF. They take good care of us.
-Do you have any pets or kids?
My son, Jack, is almost 3 years old and just started pre-school. He loves reading, sticks, trucks, water, mud, bugs, and wants to be Buzz Lightyear. He’s pretty cool.
-Any fun facts about yourself that your gym-mates don’t know about you?
I served two combat tours in Iraq. Actually, I served as an Army officer from 1999 to 2009, with peacekeeping missions in Bosnia, a year in Korea, and training deployments to places like Hungary and Thailand. That’s how I ended up here: I commanded an infantry company out of Ft. Lewis during the “Surge” in Baghdad from 2007-2008. Most of what I write about deals with the experience of leading roughly 165 infantrymen in Iraq.
-Any outside-the-gym activities you like to participate in? How has your performance changed with your increased fitness?
The most immediate benefits I could feel was a boost in strength and energy that allowed me to keep up with the demands of parenting. As Jack grows, I look forward to getting back into more activities I used to enjoy, backpacking and cycling and exploring the natural beauty of the Pacific NW.